28 February 2012

New Writing Opportunity

 
Well, it would appear that I've had a submission accepted in one of the leading metal detecting/relic hunting magazines. This is a big deal for me as I've wanted to start writing in this field ever since I got serious about relic hunting. I'll reveal more about this at the appropriate time.

Metal Detecting Post #63 - "Diggers"


According to the website . . .

". . . the new show promises to be a very formal and painfully educational program about careful digging techniques and artifact preservation, narrated meticulously in a serious monotone by a ninety-three year old man sitting in a fancy red-velvet Queen Ann chair. There will be no spontaneous licking of coins, rings, worms, bugs, or half-dead marine life. There will be no gunplay, dangerous stunts, immediate and confident misidentification of historical finds, careless injuries, taunting of aggressive miniature horses, or shenanigans of any kind. There will be nothing of the sort."


One of the detectors these fellas will be using is the AT Pro. I own the same unit and it is what I used in these two videos. River Adventure Part 1 and River Adventure Part 2

27 February 2012

American Exceptionalism On Steroids


No chick flick here. ActofValor.com - be sure and watch the "Behind the Scenes" clip.




Upcoming post: So You Want To Talk About Genocide?

Metal Detecting Post #62 - Honorable Mention!

Well, I made the Honorable Mention "award" on the TreasureNet forum for an experience I had last week. Below is the post that garnered the mention:

Went to a new site yesterday in central Virginia that was allegedly used as a hospital for Confederate soldiers. Pulled some clad out of the ground, but nothing else . . . until my granddaughters who happened to be visiting next door showed up! That made it all worthwhile. Then, my daughter-in-law asked me if I'd mind driving about 5 miles to where her aunt lived and search for a diamond engagement ring that her aunt lost about 4 years ago. A sad story is connected to the losing of the ring. The aunt's daughter had been in a terrible accident - struck by a drunk driver. She almost died. She lived, but she is disabled for life and bound to a wheelchair. She's doing much better now, thank the Lord. However, at the time the ring was lost, her Mama had lost a lot of weight due to the stress and worry over the accident. So while she was in her front yard one day, the ring slipped off her finger. So I loaded up my gear and drove over. My granddaughters tagged along to "help."  laughing7

The first signal was a dud - something very deep and large, so I knew it wasn't worth digging. I took about 6 more steps and my MXT Pro, running in the Coin and Jewelry mode with presets, rang out loud and clear with a 0-4 VDI. Sure enough, 2 inches down was the ring. I hadn't been swinging the detector more than 2 minutes! The smile on Mom's face, along with her daughter's "thank you" was payment enough. Below is a photo of me with my other 2 "finds" for the day.


26 February 2012

Fettering The Human Soul & Making It Known

"No tyranny is so hateful as that which seeks to fetter the human soul. We are blind if we suppose that the struggle for full recognition and maintenance of this principle is ended, that the victory is assured. Governments still covet the strange spiritual power of religious faith and zeal as manifested in churches and other religious organizations and shrewd politicians diligently seek alliances of this kind . . . Hence the need of vigilant, loyal, advocacy and defense of this basic principle of human freedom is constantly at hand, and there must be no relaxation in the efforts of those who cherish this elemental religious and political doctrine to make it known in every possible way." ~ R.H. Pitt in the introduction of Lewis Petyon Little's Imprisoned Preachers and Religious Liberty In Virginia, published in 1938.

25 February 2012

If You Can't Beat Them . . .


Lie. The man made global warming myth can no longer withstand debate and scrutiny, so what do the myth-makers in academia do? Commit fraud.

A huge scandal has erupted in the global warming community, as a scientist who was fancied an expert on ethical behavior has confessed to identity fraud aimed at illegally obtaining documents to discredit a leading organization questioning the warmist gospel.  It is a hoax that may well be a crime.

An "expert on ethical behavior" - you just can't make this stuff up. Their fantasy is collapsing around them. I suppose, since he's so "misinformed", that he must have been watching Fox News. ;o) More here.

Front Porch Pickin' #19 - Sleepy Man Banjo Boys


The video says it all. Amazing. And they're from New Jersey. Maybe there's hope after all.



The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys are the result of faith in God, brotherly-love, and a passion for this fast pickin’ & fiddlin’ genre. Though their combined age is younger than music's Hip-Hop era, it's the music of Flatt & Scruggs & Ralph Stanley that inspires the sound pouring from the strings of Jonny's banjo, Robbie's fiddle, and Tommy's guitar.
 More here.

So Who's The Extremist?


The answer is clear, isn't it?

24 February 2012

23 February 2012

Speaking Engagement - Battle of McDowell 150


Since 2008, I have accepted very few speaking invitations. After 2006 (the release of my last book), 2007 (the release of the documentary based on the book and Lee's 200th birthday), I was simply burned out and had lost interest in speaking at history related functions. The only two I recall doing since 2007 was one for the Waynesboro Heritage Foundation and one for the Stonewall Ruritan club in McDowell, Virginia. I chose to do both of those because of their local nature and the request of friends in those organizations. But last month, I decided to accept another invitation - one to speak at the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of McDowell. That one would be difficult to pass up! Considered by some historians to be the beginning of Jackson's Valley Campaign (others prefer to begin with Kernstown), the 150th anniversary of the Battle of McDowell event is one I've longed looked forward to; even if only as a spectator. I am very fond of Highland County, have quite a few acquaintances and friends there, and have had the privilege of doing some relic hunting on the perimeter of the battlefield (on private land) where I found a few relics and a couple of Minie balls - one with two of my grandsons. I live only about 45 minutes from McDowell, so I consider the area "home."

I will be discussing some aspect of Jackson's life before the war, most likely his time in Lexington and  his Sunday school for slaves and free blacks. I'll provide more details as the date approaches. In the meantime, please take the time to enjoy the promotional video for the event:



22 February 2012

Be Thankful For This Man

Whatever you are doing today, pause for a moment to be thankful for this man - with whose leadership the Almighty saw fit to grace us, and without whom America would not be. I have the luxury of living near Mount Vernon, on what once was Washington's own farmland; so today I count my blessings that I live a free man, and that he - and so many patriots - made it so.

More of the tribute here.

"If" by Rudyard Kipling - Recited By Don Wright

Simple, yet profound. A very manly recital.



More here. Vote for your favorite.

21 February 2012

Forbidden Remembrances


"There is no place for nostalgia in a progressive world. The new school not only ignores nostalgia, but condemns it. The world of yesterday is becoming an isolated world of remembrances and echoes so forbidden that, to decorate the present with it, you must often do so with a sense of humor or belong to a select group . . . such is the chance an individualist inevitably runs." ~ from American Yesterday, by Eric Sloane

Moderns despise individualists.

Blame It On The French Revolution

What "progressive" historians miss and why they are usually wrong. 

The left has had "its center of gravity in social issues" since the French Revolution, he says. "Yes, the left at that time, with people like Robespierre, was interested in overthrowing the monarchy and the French aristocracy. But they were even more vehemently in favor of bringing down institutions like the family and organized religion. In that regard, the left has never changed. . . . I think we've had a good illustration of it in the last month or so." [Emphasis mine.]
And . . . 

The roots of social conservatism, he maintains, lie in the American Revolution. "Nature's God is the only authority cited in the Declaration of Independence. . . . The usual [assumption] is, the U.S. has social conservatism because it's more religious. . . . My feeling is that the very founding of the country is the natural law, which is God-given, but it isn't particular to any one religion. . . . If you believe that rights are unalienable and that they come from God, the odds are that you're a social conservative."

And the left is in bed with academia. Call it a "straw man" all you want. As Daniel Patrick Moynihan once said, "You are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts." More to come on that soon.



You can read more about his issue here at the Wall Street Journal.

20 February 2012

President's Day: Washington vs. Obama



How would George Washington react to the Obama administration's recent attack on the conscience of Christians and Christian organizations? Let's ask him.

OVB: "President Washington, what are your thoughts on the Obama administration's recent ruling to force religious institutions to pay for contraceptives and/or abortion related services even though doing so would violate their religious conscience and convictions?"


GW: "If I could have entertained the slightest apprehension that the Constitution framed in the Convention, where I had the honor to preside, might possibly endanger the religious rights of any ecclesiastical society, certainly I would never have placed my signature to it; and if I could now conceive that the general government might ever be so administered as to render the liberty of conscience insecure, I beg you will be persuaded that no one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny, and every species of religious persecution. For you, doubtless, remember that I have often expressed my sentiment, that every man, conducting himself as a good citizen, and being accountable to God alone for his religious opinions, ought to be protected in worshipping the Deity according to the dictates of his own conscience." 



17 February 2012

Hunting History

Sometime within the next few days, I will be exploring an old roadbed (long since abandoned) that was used before and during the WBTS. The road is located on a farm here in the Valley. I am acquainted with the owner. The home located on the property dates to the early 19th century and was once occupied by a prominent Valley family. There is quite a bit of history associated with the property. I'll be using both modern and period maps to locate the old roadbed and I'll also be doing some initial fieldwork with a metal detector to help locate anything of historical significance or interest. Hopefully, I'll have something interesting to report back.

The Homeschooling Mom


What one of my homeschooling daughters shared recently:

Why Can't Historians Learn Anything From History?

16 February 2012

Licking The Hand That Feeds Them?


I read an interesting post at History News Network recently. The writer laments:

These issues are live, and almost anything in the history we study bears on some similarly live issue, be it the place of women, religion or indeed education, the rights of man, the way power works. So if we consider our subject or our practice of it apolitical, we damn ourselves to irrelevance. But if we think we're relevant and politically engaged, then firstly we're probably doing bad history, and secondly we're probably selling something, and quite possibly to ourselves. So, as yet, I haven't found a way out of this; as long as we make a living out of history it's predictable that we'll speak in protection of the order that permits us to do so . . . (Emphasis mine. Read the rest here.)

An amazing and refreshing admission by a historian. Gotta respect him for his honesty. Exactly as I've been saying for quite a few years now. Of course, this admission (as if objective observers didn't already know this) won't change anything. But it is nice to see someone be honest about it, isn't it? In regards to a way out, simply admit your bias, worldview, and perspective and then write as honestly as you can and let the chips fall where they may. Or, in the words of Arthur Koestler: "One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up."

Johnson Island - Archeological Dig


I had two Confederate ancestors who spent time in yankee prison camps - one at Point Lookout, another at Camp Morton. Below is a video discussing some information regarding Johnson Island, another POW camp for Confederate prisoners in Ohio.



You can watch the remainder of the videos about the archeological dig at Johnson Island here. Really quite fascinating.

Academia's Perspective


This image came from a 2007 article in The Politico titled, Professors have a crush on Obama. It's a bit dated, but still representative. Just something one should keep in mind when reading the commentary and analysis of any academic historian. That goes for both sides of the aisle, though the obvious is, well, obvious. Juxtaposed with this information reveals . . . what?

15 February 2012

Where's America Getting Their Opinions?


CABLE NEWS RACE
NITE OF FEB 13, 2012

FOXNEWS O'REILLY 3,292,000
FOXNEWS HANNITY 2,117,000
FOXNEWS BRET BAIER 1,908,000
CMDY DAILY SHOW 1,811,000
FOXNEWS SHEP SMITH 1,788,000
FOXNEWS THE FIVE 1,744,000
FOXNEWS GRETA 1,632,000
CMDY COLBERT 1,509,000
MSNBC SCHULTZ 944,000
CNN PIERS MORGAN 901,000
MSNBC MADDOW 901,000
MSNBC HARDBALL 861,000
CNN COOPER 825,000


Stats from the Drudge Report. That can't make the ruling elites very happy. Colbert comedian beats out Matthews and Maddow. Poetic justice. All 3 have the same news value. Colbert's just more entertaining.

Connect The Dots

 
"A former Chicago alderman turned political science professor/corruption fighter has found that Chicago is the most corrupt city in the country. He cites data from the U.S. Department of Justice to prove his case. And, he says, Illinois is third-most corrupt state in the country." More here.

14 February 2012

Challenging A Simplistic View Of The WBTS

 
"It is common to claim, with little evidence, that the white supremacist and agnostic Lincoln 'evolved' during the war into an egalitarian and a Christian. Can't Southerners evolve, too, under conditions that were far more stressful for them per capita than for Northerners? If the North developed a mission for emancipation as it went, could not the war in its course come to mean something else to Confederates than the reasons for secession mentioned in the South Carolina ordinance? Is it even possible that most Confederates in the end came to put the objective of independence ahead of that of preserving slavery? (Many said so.) The preservation of slavery, or more precisely the protection of slavery from outside interference that was considered irresponsible and self-interested, was the immediate cause of the first secession. However, in what sense was slavery the cause of the federal government's military suppression of the elected governments of the Southern states? That was what constituted the war. The war was formally declared not to be against slavery but to enforce the power of the 'United States.' If irritation over the slavery issue caused the secession of the first seven states, what caused that of those who followed after Fort Sumter and the enthusiastic enlistment of most opponents of secession into the cause of independence? Lincoln's intent to subdue states by military force, which to Southerners, and to a great many more Northerners than is usually admitted, involved a false and revolutionary interpretation of the Union. How can the war be only about slavery when the war consists of the federal government "preserving the Union," and there is voluminous evidence that Northerners who were making war did not consider emancipation as a primary goal or a goal at all." ~ Professor Clyde Wilson 

"A measured and factually grounded take of the tariff issue reveals its dramatic resurgence between 1858-61 as the national political climate collapsed and pre-war sectional divisions reached a fever pitch. The issue directly contributed to those divisions, particularly as it arrived in the Senate during the 'Secession Winter' to add its own havoc to a rapidly growing perfect storm. Though it is not a complete or full explanation of the Civil War itself, it should be viewed as an indicator of the war's complexity. Simplistic, single-issue explanations of large political and military upheavals seldom work under scrutiny, and the tariff is one such sign of how the economic dimensions of secession overlapped and intertwined with the Civil War's moral questions about slavery and political questions about sectionalism."  ~ Professor Phil Magness


"A focus on slavery also explains little about the divisions within the North and the South. It assumes unity in each of these regions when in fact there was fragmentation . . . There is no question that some individuals in the South felt that Lincoln's election posed a mortal threat to slavery, but more did not . . . In sum, the current emphasis on slavery as the cause of the Civil War is fraught with problems. It does not clarify the sequence of events, the divisions within the sections, or the policies and actions of the Republican Party. It is these problems that a new interpretation must address . . . It argues that more than any other reason, the evolution of the Northern and Southern economies explains the Civil War." ~ Professor Marc Egnal 

Note: I've got about a dozen or so posts "in the hopper" - as most bloggers do. The one I've been working on for some time now is finally beginning to gel. It's a rather long post and I've changed the title several times. Very recently, it was: "Academic Historians - You Own It." But I think I've finally settled on a new title: "How Smart Are Academic Historians?" Stay tuned.

Even More Reasons To Homeschool Your Child

Update: Here's some more on this story: "The mother says the girl was so intimidated by the inspection process that she was too scared to eat all of her homemade lunch. The girl ate only the chicken nuggets provided to her by the school, so she still didn’t eat a vegetable." More here

I believe a lawsuit is in order. This could also constitute a "taking", thus larceny charges against the individual who took the little girl's lunch. Taking a lunch from a four year old child - tsk, tsk, tsk. Y'all might wanna lawyer up. So now we've come to a point in America where the Federal government is dictating what our children can and cannot eat for lunch. How did we get here?

A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because a state employee told her the lunch her mother packed was not nutritious. The girl’s turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips, and apple juice did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines, according to the interpretation of the agent who was inspecting all lunch boxes in her More at Four classroom that day.
Story here. So we now have government "agents" inspecting lunch boxes? Good Lord Almighty, what have we become? What if the child refuses? Will they handcuff her and charge her criminally? Maybe they'll pepper spray her in the face, or taser her. After all, gotta keep our schools safe, right? Maybe they'll send send her to "food sensitivity" classes. What if the kid ate the lunch her Mama sent her anyway, would they pump her stomach? What if a kid brings a box of gummy worms to school and starts passing them out . . . will government agents require a lockdown and call in a swat team? Progressive statistism on display. All brought to you by the "experts" on education. Velcome to zee brave new vurld, comrades.

I think government "agents" should spend more time "inspecting" the background of their "teachers" than they spend "inspecting" lunch boxes. I'm very thankful all of my grandchildren are being homeschooled.


13 February 2012

Old Virginia Digger Video Teaser

The following is a teaser for my next video project with Old Virginia Diggers. The video will discuss and show how to restore an old ax head:

12 February 2012

Links To Online Articles & Essays


For those readers who might be interested, I've added some links to a few of my articles and essays that are available online. Simply go to the About Your Host page and scroll down to the bottom. You'll see the links there.

10 February 2012

Holding Lincoln To A Lower Standard


Update: For a textbook example of incoherent babbling, read Professor Simpson's response to my response to his response here. Incoherency is not new to Professor Simpson. Hmmm, should I respond or ignore him, like he ignores me. ;o) He's now ignored me twice in recent weeks. First, someone tell Professor Simpson what “ignore” means.  As with the last exchange, I didn't start this, he did - I guess while he was busy ignoring me. I will be posting a more lengthy response within the next few days. We'll see if Professor Simpson has the will power to "ignore" me again. ;o)

A reader recently forwarded me a link to Civil War Historian and Professor Brooks Simpson's response to my recent post regarding the proposed Lincoln Day Proclamation Bill resolution. (Which, by the way, has been tabled until next year.) Before reading my response to his response, I'd recommend you read his post here. No need for me to respond to the whole post - it's pretty much the routine stuff and what one would expect. As a matter of fact, the good Professor's remarks do a fair job of simply confirming what I originally wrote. Read it for yourself and see if you disagree. His remarks really did not address my main issue - inconsistency and double standards regarding the reaction (or lack thereof) among the same folks who had a cow over Governor McDonnell's Confederate History Month Proclamation. Simpson's remarks offer up the same tired defenses of Lincoln's attitudes and public record on race, i.e. "he evolved, he grew, he ate fairy dust and morphed into an angel of light, etc, etc." Certainly Lincoln's "growth" on the issues discussed didn't involve political expediency or calculation. Whatever. The same nuanced explanations can be offered regarding the Confederacy and her leaders. It's not that some of these explanations and a discussion of the more complicated issues aren't warranted - *they are. It's just that they always seem to be so one-sided - which was the whole point of my original post.

That being said, I did want to respond to a few choice comments in Professor Simpson's post, to wit:

"once Mr. Williams and I had a few exchanges of our own"

Indeed, we did. And you can read one of those exchanges here.

"I guess Mr. Williams doesn’t read my blog."

Roger that Sparky. I know that must come as a shock. And I hate to be the one to break it to you, but there's probably a few others on the planet who don't read your blog either. Cruel world, isn't it? But why should I read Professor Simpson's blog? It didn't take too long for me to realize that there is very little diversity of perspective and analysis among establishment, academic historians and bloggers when it comes to the WBTS. Read one and you've pretty much read them all. Kinda like reading the Washington Post and New York Times editorial page and expecting to see diversity of opinion. Ain't gonna happen. They got skin in the game.

"As I wasn’t interested in the bill, I had not read it.  I really didn’t care. Now, had the governor of Virginia actually issued a proclamation, I might have paid more attention.  But a bill does not rise to the level of a proclamation."

You gotta be kiddin' me. That's a rather lame defense, wouldn't you say? So, let's get back to the original point and ignore the distraction - did academic historians and all the other critics raise the same ruckus over the lack of "full disclosure" with Lincoln? No. Why? Are they like the WAPO and NYT? Do they have skin in the game? Actually, it's not a "bill" either. It was a joint resolution. But Simpson is splitting hairs, which is obvious to any objective observer. According to a legal definition: "joint resolutions are commonly used to establish commemorative days." The Lincoln Day joint resolution closes with,

That the Governor be requested to call upon the citizens of the Commonwealth to commemorate this day with appropriate tributes, programs, and events that honor the memory and legacy of Abraham Lincoln . . .

Gubernatorial proclamations in Virginia are, according to the Governor's website:

. . . commonly issued in support of Virginia history and/or historical figures from Virginia, public health and safety, education, professions and/or occupations, state government initiatives, and issues the Governor would like be bring to the public’s attention.

So where's the substantive difference?  There is none; other than it's ok to ignore Lincoln's faults and record, but not so much with the Confederacy - or anything connected to it - when it comes to proclamations and commemorations. Simply put, the same critics of the Confederate History Month proclamation are willing to hold the Lincoln Day commemoration to a lower standard. This isn't the first time I've pointed out the double standards. Draw your own conclusions as to why, but it is what it is.

"That said, Mr. Williams argues that the bill’s wording overlooks several aspects of the Lincoln legacy.  Let’s look at his list a bit more closely."

Read: "Allow me to mount a spirited, but hypocritical, hair-splitting, defense."

That's enough. Again, read my original post and the associated documents and read Professor Simpson's response and draw your own conclusions. I have no problem with Lincoln Day proclamations, though one for Virginia is a bit odd, given Lincoln's distant ties and the destruction his army wrought. All I asked for was consistency among those who criticized the Confederate proclamation. Apparently, that's not the goal. I'll trust the objective to come to their own conclusions. I've come to mine.

*But those discussion are not the purpose of proclamations and commemorations - something I've also argued before. These proclamations and commemorations serve the dual purposes of satisfying constituencies as well as tying us to our past in a way that honors that past in a positive way.

Note - I'm working on a post with a working title of: "The Obama Administration's Attack On Religious Conscience & What History Teaches Us " - stay tuned.

Civil War Pensions Still Being Paid


Absolutely amazing.

Despite the fact that the Civil War ended April 9, 1865 (53,630 days ago, for reference), the government is still paying out veterans' pensions. Records from the Department of Veterans' Affairs show that two children of Civil War veterans, as of September, are receiving pensions from their fathers' service.
More here.

Marco Rubio & American Exceptionalism



I'm working on a longer post regarding Obama's recent decision to intrude upon the Church's doctrinal positions and his attack on religious freedom in America. Though he just announced a "compromise" (Who did he compromise with, himself? Catholic, Baptist, and other religious leaders have forcefully and uniformly stated that there is no compromise position - with several even stating they'd go to jail rather than comply.), the fact the policy would even be seriously considered is quite ominous and reveals Obama's (and the left's) disdain for America's heritage and tradition of religious freedom. History is quite instructive on this matter. Too bad some folks don't learn anything from it.

08 February 2012

Elites, Hollywood & Academia Out Of Step


Patriotism and traditional values, like those displayed in "Thor," "The Artist," "Soul Surfer" and "Hugo," are what moviegoers want, says a group that will honor such films at an awards gala Friday. (More here.)


Of course it's what they want. Traditional values work. Traditional values built our culture and our society. Traditional values are wholesome. Patriotism is, as Professor Clyde Wilson once wrote, "the wholesome love of one's land and people." These are the natural yearnings within all of us for goodness and inspiration. Americans want to believe in their country's founding principles and they're quite tired of hearing them trashed and impugned by the intelligentsia every day of their lives.


But we already knew that much of academia just doesn't get it. 

The Great Migration - My Folks

Their cultural impact is still quite strong, if not dominant.

07 February 2012

Leftists & Statists Hate Our Constitution


"Many foreign judges say they have become less likely to cite decisions of the United States Supreme Court, in part because of what they consider its parochialism." ~ The New York Times

So who cares? Just the "we are the world" crowd, ashamed of their own country's history. In reading this hit piece on Americanism, I felt like I was in junior high school listening to a prospective 14 year-old cheerleader who was afraid of not making the squad. Ah yes, the childish urge to be one of the "in crowd."

The U.S. Constitution, though certainly not perfect, has been instrumental in producing the greatest nation in human history, but the statists hate it because it retards their goal of complete control over the masses. Of course, some pseudo-historians will clap with glee that their "progressive" ideas are being affirmed by the New York Times. (Aren't they on their way to bankruptcy?).

I have a suggestion for those who think other nations have superior constitutions, freedoms, and opportunities: by all means, move there. Put your butt where your mouth is. Oh, wait, you've already done that. Excuse me, put your butt where you say your heart is.

Progressives, Liberals - Rule By Intimidation


"Conservatives are the Real America.  Leftists are colonial governors, small in number, controlling through fear and intimidation from heavily guarded forts at the chokepoints of society, unable to persuade more than a slim minority of Americans to follow them . . ." ~ Bruce Walker


Once again, this includes the ivory towers of academia which has a religion-like code of thought and speech control - political correctness. Their actions remind me of the Inquisition.

06 February 2012

The WBTS In Southwest Virginia

My wife and I were in Southwest Virginia and North Carolina over the weekend. We had a great time at a Ralph Stanley concert and visiting the church where my nephew pastors. I absolutely love that part of the country. Still largely rural and holding on to much of its heritage, its one of the few places I wouldn't mind living if I didn't live in the Shenandoah Valley. My wife and I plan a trip back this summer as we want to travel the Crooked Road. Anyway, I came across this video about the Civil War in SW Virginia and thought my readers might enjoy it.

Elites Must Control Thought

Worth quoting:

"If ideological competition operated in the area of network news, academia, or other parts of the communication and education domains, then half of the colleges would be overtly conservative, and most of the big newspapers and magazines would be conservative, and Hollywood would produce lots of films that exalt the values we share. In fact, it is not Adam Smith's supply and demand or Milton Friedman's free markets which hold sway in these fields as much as Lenin's "party line" and Orwell's groupthink." ~ Bruce Walker


The reason is that the ideology and philosophies which elites in academia and the media embrace cannot compete in the real world. So, they have to control liberty and freedom and attempt to suppress any dissent. That's the impetus behind political correctness and why so many in academia either deny or downplay PC. They don't want to be exposed. They are intellectual and moral cowards.

Metal Detecting Post #60 - I Love These Yankees


Their enthusiasm for history is infectious.

05 February 2012

Traditional American Heritage vs. The Girl Scouts


The Girl Scouts have, in recent years, become a tool of the radical left for indoctrination. 

The Girl Scouts have been linked to the nation’s largest abortion provider [Planned Parenthood] in the past.  In 2010, a panel sponsored by the Girl Scouts USA at the United Nations Commission featured a Planned Parenthood pamphlet called “Healthy, Happy and Hot," according to published reports. A portion of the pamphlet read: “Many people think sex is just about vaginal or anal intercourse. But there are lots of different ways to have sex and lots of different types of sex. Sex can include kissing, touching, licking, tickling, sucking and cuddling. Some people like to have aggressive sex, while others like to have soft sex and slow sex with their partners. There is no right or wrong way to have sex. Just have fun, explore and be yourself!” (More here.)

That ain't your Grandma's Girl Scouts. I guess selling cookies and community service just doesn't cut it anymore. Some of my granddaughters used to be involved in the Girl Scouts. Not any more. When my daughter realized how radicalized the GS had become, she helped organize a local chapter of American Heritage Girls. This organization better reflects traditional American values:

American Heritage Girls was founded in 1995 in West Chester, Ohio by a group of parents wanting a wholesome program for their daughters. These parents were disillusioned with the increasing secular focus of existing organizations for girls. They wanted a Judeo-Christian focused organization for their daughters and believed that other parents were looking for the same for their daughters.
I've seen some of the fruits of the chapter that my own granddaughters are involved in and it's quite inspiring. They earn badges, awards, etc for community service - very similar to the GS. Last year, they earned badges for their visitation to local nursing home residents. I had the honor of sharing in that activity with them. AHG is a great organization. Check 'em out.

04 February 2012

Front Porch Pickin' #18 - Dr.'s Appointment

By the time this posts, I'll be on my way to a Ralph Stanley concert in Galax, Virginia. Dr. Ralph Stanley is 85 years old and he's my wife's favorite bluegrass artist. She's never seen him live, so I'm treating her (and myself) tonight. Enjoy some back story below. As always, get your culture here.



Ralph Stanley: A Mother's Prayer Video Preview from Rebel Records on Vimeo.

02 February 2012

History Site Recommendation


Just a sample of Josh's amazing finds. More here.
I just posted a new link to my Civil War Relic Hunting page: The C.S. Sentinel Relic Forum. This is the site of my friend and fellow Sons of Confederate Veterans member, Josh Silva. As Josh explains: 




"This site is dedicated to the Relic Hunter and Treasure Seeker. Be it Civil War, Colonial or otherwise, this is a place for you to call home and discuss the subjects and that part of the hobby that we really enjoy. It is said that 'History is who we are' so then, it is up to us to preserve 'who we are' by saving our history. Everyone of you are patriots for going out each day and seeking to save those pieces of our heritage that our ancestors and forefathers left to the pages of time. It is up to us to save these historical items for future generations to prove that our history WAS real and tangible. Every relic uncovered is another piece of our heritage preserved!" 

Josh has a Bachelors degree with dual majors in both History with an emphasis on the Civil War and Political Science/Pre-Law, from Old Dominion University, and is presently working on his Masters Degree. Josh has also studied archaeology and made friends with some folks who were able to provide him with the distinct honor, pleasure, and privilege of excavating with the Archaeological Dept. of William and Mary University at the Jamestown settlement for 3 continuous summers. [I'm green with envy!]

Josh and I have both been invited to participate in the 21st Diggin' in Virginia event next month. The DIV events are invitational Civil War relic hunts held several times a year. We use the same machines and I'm hoping Josh can give me some pointers with one of those units. Hopefully, I'll have some video and photos of our finds to post after the event.

19 Reasons To Seriously Consider Homeschooling


Here's just two:

  • A 17-year-old honor student in North Carolina named Ashley Smithwick accidentally took her father's lunch with her to school. It contained a small paring knife which he would use to slice up apples. So what happened to this standout student when the school discovered this? The school suspended her for the rest of the year and the police charged her with a misdemeanor.
  • A police officer in San Mateo, California blasted a 7-year-old special education student in the face with pepper spray because he would not quit climbing on the furniture. 
 You can read the other 17 reasons here.

01 February 2012

More Freedom In The South


The non right to work states represent forced Unionism - owning the labor (right to work) of another. Image from BigGovernment.com.